West Ham v Manchester City: Pep ready to taste the magic of the FA Cup
West ham and Manchester city would kick start the 3rd round fixtures of the FA Cup, as City visits the London stadium on Friday Night.
Sofiane Feghouli will be available for the hammers, but the visitors will be without Fernandinho.
The Hammers reached the quarter-finals of last season’s competition, but were knocked out to eventual champions Manchester United after a replay.
West Ham duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Andre Ayew have left for Africa Nations Cup duty while Diafra Sakho, James Collins, Arthur Masuaku, Alvaro Arbeloa and Gokhan Tore are still out due to Injuries.
However, defenders Sam Byram and Reece Oxford are back in training following spells out and are in contention for places in the squad.
City captain Vincent Kompany is back in training, but the trip to London will come too soon as Guardiola confirmed he would not be available for selection.
Both sides have not met in the FA Cup since a third-round clash in 2008, with City eventually winning 1-0 in a replay at the Etihad under Mancini.
City have only lost two of the last 15 games in all competitions against the Hammers (W10 D3), although they’ve failed to win their last two away games against them (D1 L1).
The Citizens have progressed past the third round in six of their last seven seasons, losing out to United in 2012.
Dimitri Payet has had a hand in five goals in six appearances for the Hammers in this competition (three goals, two assists).
Kelechi Iheanacho has appeared three times for Manchester City in the FA Cup, scoring four goals and assisting another.
PREDICTION: WEST HAM 2-1 MANCHESTER CITY